Saturday 31 January 2015

UN slams crimes against humanity in Iraq

Published 25/08/2014 | 13:46

The United Nations commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay, has already said Israel should be investigated for what happened in Zeitoun. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has said Islamic State fighters reportedly killed up to 670 prisoners in Mosul and committed other abuses in Iraq that amount to crimes against humanity.

Navi Pillay, the body's top human rights official, said the grave human rights violations carried out by the Islamic State group and other fighters allied with it include widespread ethnic and religious purges in areas under its control in a push to gain a firm grip on the northern and eastern provinces.

She said the violations include targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, trafficking, slavery, sexual abuse, destruction of places of religious and cultural significance and besieging entire communities for ethnic, religious or sectarian reasons.

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